Drafted by the Capitals in the sixth-round (177th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Boyd finished last season with the Hershey Bears, recording one goal, and one assist in two games. He is expected to start the season in Hershey. Boyd is 5’11”, and 184 lbs. Again, another small player, but Boyd has a lot if promise. From 2011-15, playing for the University of Minnesota (also the alma mater for Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt), Boyd tallied 32 goals, 64 assists, for 96 points in 148 games.
Boyd started off his pro career, albeit two games, on a high note. According to Schmidt, who played one year with Boyd at Minnesota, Boyd has improved his game saying upon Boyd’s arrival in April: “He looks so much different from the time I played with him until now. Everything about him has gotten a lot better. His skating has gotten a lot better. His hands are great. He’s just a skilled guy that this year put up a bunch of points.”
According to Hockey’s Future, Boyd’s long-term outlook is pretty promising. The Caps signed Boyd to a tw0-year entry level contract on March 31st, 2015. They see him as a player capable of playing in all situations, and has very good passing skills (sounds very Backstrom-esque). Boyd may never live up to the offensive potential he showed in college, but could be an effective player.